Happy Birthday to little Jack! It is hard to imagine that my son is already the BIG O-N-E! Although it is Jack’s celebration, it truly feels like that 1st Birthday is a bigger milestone for the parents. My husband and I have graduated from “survival mode” to “nurturing mode.” It is true that the first year of parenting is a shock to the system… your independence, your sleep, your marriage, your “free” time, and no book, friend, family member, doctor, or blog can prepare you for how YOU will truly be with your child. Life has forever changed, and motherhood has given me a new perspective and the greatest joy!
I remember thinking I had it all figured out ….
how hard can it be…
FICTION: I’ll be the perfectly put together mom with a clean house and an all white outfit!
TRUTH: It was more like a few days of not having time to shower, nothing clean to wear (especially anything white!), can’t remember when the dog last ate, or what it was like to sleep for 6hrs straight!
their baby doesn’t sleep through the night…
FICTION: We have all the answers!
TRUTH: I don’t have any answers. My son didn’t sleep through the night until he was 8 months… and then came teething (again!), and asthma, and sleep became a distant hobby!
people with kids are no fun…
FICTION: We will still be the “cool” couple that can take their baby everywhere: restaurants, shopping, the beach, vacation to Europe!
TRUTH: Although we really do take Jack everywhere, I would say instead of a relaxing VACATION it is more like a RELOCATION 🙂
the beauty of motherhood
has centered me
given me a purpose
strengthened my intuition
made me practice gratitude
helped me communicate
made me listen
made my laugh
made me cry
made me ask “why”
taught me to forgive
taught me to be happy
and given me a gift to love everyday